The Pittsburgh Pirates officially signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier today. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Miguel Andujar has been designated for assignment.
The Pirates picked up Andujar off of waivers from the New York Yankees in late September of 2022. He was able to get into nine games with the Pirates before the season ended. Andujar, who turns 28 years old soon, has played parts of six seasons in the majors, putting together a .272/.302/.447 slash line in 268 games. He has put up 1.4 WAR during that time, though he had 2.9 WAR in 2018, when he finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Andujar was part of our winter coverage this year, hitting .247/.304/.353 in 21 games in the Dominican league, which has been loaded with big league talent this off-season.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.